January 28, 2015

The Simple Things: Chicken-keeping, Fruit-picking and Home-made Preserves, Oh My!

fruit picking

    The one thing that we’re really looking forward to doing when we move is growing and rearing our own food. We’re looking forward to knowing where it has come from, what it contains and how it has reached our table. We have owned chickens for eight years now and I can safely say […]

Questioning My Sanity: The Verdict Is In

The Sullivan Family

    It seems like an eternity since we returned from Italy, getting straight back into continuing work on the house in preparation for selling. Although we have only been back since the end of August it seems ages since the photo above was taken. Of course, if you are sitting there counting everyone you […]

Win a game of Doh Nutters! ***Competition Ended***

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    Larger Family Life has teamed up with Drumond Park to give away one game of Doh Nutters to each of our three lucky winners!  For your chance to win head over to our Doh Nutters review to find the answer to the following question.  Then come back to this page and leave your […]

Our Family Story on Film

All twelve children - the Sullivan family

    I have some public speaking engagements coming up, and trying to explain what our family is about in a three minute introductory video is easier said than done! I’ve given it a shot.  What do you think?                         Blog this! Bookmark on […]

Media Request: Are you Britain’s Busiest Mum?

Happy young family

      Could you be Britain’s Busiest Mum?  Then we need you! A weekly magazine is searching for a new Mum of triplets, quads or more to participate in a brand promotion feature. If you live in London or the South East, are a mum of multiples under 12 months old, and would like […]

Why Lauren Sandler has got the ‘only child’ argument all wrong

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        American journalist Lauren Sandler feels so strongly that only children are so unfairly demonised and negatively stereotyped, that she has written a book about why the choice to have an only child is better for both the parents and the child. Sandler, an only child herself and the mother of one, […]

Home Education is a Holiday. Except When It Isn’t

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    When I first began looking into home education as a possible alternative to school I discovered the many different ways in which people chose to home educate. Autonomous learning seemed a popular approach, and it seemed everywhere I looked to for advice and information had tales of rolling out of bed late, lounging […]

Reflecting on our travels: Why it’s not home sweet home

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      It is almost two weeks since we returned from our two month trip.  It feels like a whole lot longer.  The day we left seems like a distant memory already.  Even our final stop seems a lifetime ago. Before we left we were all a little nervous.  Mike and I were wondering […]

Is trash media responsible for a lack of positive role models?

girl watching television

    During the filming of ’16 Kids and Counting’ I was repeatedly interviewed on our choice to limit the amount of television our family watches.  My answer that there is so much more to do in life than to waste it sitting in front of a box wasn’t enough.  I was asked whether I […]

Our Big Family Road Trip: The Bustle of Rome

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    We decided to make the hour and a half journey into Rome.  We hoped to do so much during the day. Statues and sculptures seemed to be everywhere.  Even the bridges were adorned with them, and not on a small scale either.  Great, elaborate statues would rise high above, each telling a story […]

Remember last year’s plea to help Oliver walk?


    Readers who have been around for a while might remember the story of Oliver, the son of our friends Danielle and Barry McConnell, who was left unable to sit, stand or walk due to being starved of oxygen during birth.  I told Oliver’s story here. Danielle and Barry needed to raise a huge […]

Have Kids, Will Travel: Why Having a Large Family Won’t Stop Us Seeing the World

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      Before we set off on our trip we were feeling quite anxious. Nine weeks travelling through two different countries, from one place to another, was a long time after all. Nine weeks travelling a 3000 mile round trip with ten children, nine of whom would be under 10 years of age, surely […]

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